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Disc Golf:

(Above - Disc Golf at Eagle Island State Park)

The historic use of "flying discs" has been noted throughout the world, so it is difficult to pin point exactly when and where disc golf started. What we do know, is that in 1976 "Steady" Ed Headrick started the Disc Golf Association and is coined with the popularity of modern disc golf and many frisbee sports. 

Idaho state parks are jumping on the disc golf train and new courses are popping up all over the state.

Check out these parks that host disc golf courses:

Hells Gate State Park near Lewiston, ID
Lake Walcott State Park near Burley, ID 
Farragut State Park near Coeur d' Alene, ID
Massacre Rocks State Park near Pocatello, ID 
 
Coming soon! Dworshak State Park in Lenore, Idaho
 

 

Wildflower Viewing: 

Get out and enjoy the fresh spring air!

 

 

Spring is here! Which means that wildflower buds are blossoming all over the state. We highly recommend taking a hike and enjoying the views at any Idaho State Park. But here are a few to check out:

Bruneau Dunes State Park in Bruneau, ID
Winchester Lake State Park in Winchester, ID
Round Lake State Park in Sagle, ID
City of Rocks/Castle Rocks State Park in Almo, ID
 


 

OHVs:

 

There are seemingly endless miles upon miles of trails for ATVs, OHVs, motorbikes, and four-wheelers in Idaho.

Click here to see an interactive map of where to ride!

 


 

 

 

Recreation in Idaho State Parks varies by season. 

Planning Your Summer Vacation

The nine-month reservation window is open, meaning you can book stays for up to nine months in advanced. Don't waste your time worrying whether you're going to get a campsite or not--plan ahead and have one ready when you get there. We have tent and RV sites, cabins, houses, and yurts available year-round (weather dependent) so no matter what kind of camper you are--there is a campsite for you.

Reservations can be made toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm Mountain Standard Time and Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm Mountain Time) or online here.

 


Hiking in Idaho State Parks

Idaho state parks in every region of the state have excellent opportunities for hiking and learning about the natural and historical significance of the environment. Visit these Idaho state parks for exceptional hiking opportunities:
 

Partnerships that support Idaho's recreation and tourism

Created in 1988-1989, IRTI is an enduring coalition of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations working together to provide Idaho citizens and visitors with statewide recreation opportunities. We work to provide our citizens and visitors with public information, services, and connections to Idaho's best sites and activities. IRTI has supported Idaho's recreation and tourism with these efforts for over 30 years:

  • Statewide campground directory
     
  • Idaho Scenic Byways System
     
  • Guides: Idaho Watchable Wildlife Viewing, Idaho Birding Trails
     
  • Be Outside Idaho, Free Fishing Day, Bird by Bird Idaho, Unplug & Be Outside Days, Bogus Basin Ski, and other youth outdoor activities
     
  • Idaho Department of Commerce & Tourism's "Visit Idaho" travel information
     
  • Trail access and use: motorized, non-motorized, and bikes
     
  • Statewide recreation and tourism conferences, special events, and activities

 

 


Idaho City Backcountry Yurts

>>> Click here to download a trail map that is geo-referenced and both printable and downloadable. The geo-referenced maps work well in a free app called Avenza. With Avenza, you can use your phone's gps tracking without wifi connection.

>>> Click here for instructions on how to download the Avenza app.

Reservations for Backcountry Yurt stays can be made nine-months in advance of your intended stay, toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm mountain time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm mountain time) or online.

>>>Click Here for Avalanche Updates

Current Snow Conditions

For updates on grooming status and trail conditions: Call the Idaho City Area Park N’ Ski recorded snowline at 208- 514-2423.

Regional snow conditions, including depth(link is external).

For road conditions, visit the 511 website.

For avalanche reports, visit Avalanche.org


Want to know more about the Backcountry Yurts? Check out The Ultimate Guide from The Mandagie Family and Visit Idaho
Click
here to read the guide!

Includes everything from how to get there, where to park, and what to pack.

Don't forget to read the IDPR Winter Yurt Manual before you go!

**We always recommend a high-clearance, all-wheel drive vehicle when traveling to the yurts.


About the Yurt System

If you really want to get away from it all Idaho City Backcountry Yurts, located about 1.5 hours (56-63 miles) north of Boise, ID, depending on the season choice, they are accessible by hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic or snowshoeing.  

The video below is recommended viewing for both experienced and first time yurt users. It illustrates the basics of the yurt experience and provides users with tips on how to make your yurt stay more enjoyable.

You can choose from six fabulous backcountry yurts which are accessible year-round.

  • Banner Ridge
  • Elkhorn
  • Skyline
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Stargaze
  • Hennessy 

Each yurt sleeps six people in a comfortably well-furnished atmosphere with high mountain views, no neighbors and access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic and Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. In winter, backcountry yurts are accessed by a 2-3 mile ski or snowshoe trek; in summer, a 10-minute to one-mile hike.  Our backcountry yurts have plenty to offer every outdoor enthusiast at any level, whether beginner or experienced.

Elkhorn Yurt

 

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Elkhorn yurt.

Stargaze Yurt

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Stargaze yurt.

Current Snow Conditions

For updates on grooming status and trail conditions: Call the Idaho City Area Park N’ Ski recorded snowline at 208- 514-2423.

Regional snow conditions, including depth.

For road conditions, visit the 511 website.

For avalanche reports, visit Avalanche.org

Fees

$115 per night

 

Note: Use fees are per night for a party of up to 6.

Additional per person fees are $12 per person/ per night for a party greater than 6, with a maximum of 9 allowed. 

There is a $10 plus tax non-refundable reservation fee charged at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation for a Backcountry Yurt occurs 21 or fewer calendar days prior to arrival, customer forfeits the first night or daily usage fee (base rate).  If the cancellation occurs more than 21 calendar days prior to arrival, a cancellation charge of $10.00 will be assessed. At no time shall the customer be charged a cancellation fee that exceeds the base rate paid for the facility.

Questions? Email the program or call 208-514-2418.

Backcountry Yurt Reservation Forms, Maps & Manuals

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Backcountry Yurt Program operates on United States Forest Service Land under agreements with the Boise National Forest.

 


The Snake River Water Trail

2 States. 1 River. 206 Miles. 

The 206 mile water trail along the Snake River in Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon was created to serve the communities along its banks, and in its watershed.  It provides opportunities for people to explore, respect and enjoy our region's natural and cultural heritage. A water trail is a water route that provides recreational and educational opportunities for motorized and non-motorized boaters and commercial opportunities for river communities. Parks, historical sites, trails, towns, counties, recreational retailers, museums, tourism-based organizations, educational agencies, community members and recreationists from Glenn's Ferry to Farewell Bend are all integral parts of our Water Trail.

What is a water trail?

 Water trails are boat routes suitable for canoes, rafts and kayaks as well as recreational motorized watercraft.  Like pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle trails, water trails are corridors connecting recreational destinations.  Water trail amenities include river access sites, boat launches, day-use and fishing areas, and campsites.  In addition to recreation, water trails provide venues for educational experiences about the natural and cultural history, economic development, and community of the regions they traverse.

Water trails vary from short shoreline routes to loops around lakes and lagoons.  They may stretch hundreds of river miles across multiple states, or they may follow ocean coastlines and connect with maritime ports and coastal islands.  Regardless of length or configuration, water trails are valuable assets to cities and counties, providing recreational, educational and economic opportunities for locals and visitors alike.  Water trails help people discover new perspectives about their watersheds and communities, building sense of place and raising awareness of watershed stewardship.  Thriving water trails serve as economic engines for the communities they connect, connecting recreational visitors to opportunities for locally-driven tourism.

Click here to read their blog post!
 


Videos

Just because you're stuck at home, doesn't mean you can't explore! Discover the beauty of Idaho's state parks from the comfort and safety of your home.

Click the parks names below to be taken to their videos!

Castle Rocks State Park & City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho

 

 

 

 

 

Harriman State Park in Island Park, Idaho 

 

 

 

Bruneau Dunes State Park in Bruneau/Mtn Home, Idaho

 

 

 

Dworshak State Park in Orofino, Idaho

 

Disc Golf:

(Above - Disc Golf at Eagle Island State Park)

The historic use of "flying discs" has been noted throughout the world, so it is difficult to pin point exactly when and where disc golf started. What we do know, is that in 1976 "Steady" Ed Headrick started the Disc Golf Association and is coined with the popularity of modern disc golf and many frisbee sports. 

Idaho state parks are jumping on the disc golf train and new courses are popping up all over the state.

Check out these parks that host disc golf courses:

Hells Gate State Park near Lewiston, ID
Lake Walcott State Park near Burley, ID 
Farragut State Park near Coeur d' Alene, ID
Massacre Rocks State Park near Pocatello, ID 
 
Coming soon! Dworshak State Park in Lenore, Idaho
 

 

Wildflower Viewing: 

Get out and enjoy the fresh spring air!

 

 

Spring is here! Which means that wildflower buds are blossoming all over the state. We highly recommend taking a hike and enjoying the views at any Idaho State Park. But here are a few to check out:

Bruneau Dunes State Park in Bruneau, ID
Winchester Lake State Park in Winchester, ID
Round Lake State Park in Sagle, ID
City of Rocks/Castle Rocks State Park in Almo, ID
 


 

OHVs:

 

There are seemingly endless miles upon miles of trails for ATVs, OHVs, motorbikes, and four-wheelers in Idaho.

Click here to see an interactive map of where to ride!

 


 

 

 

Recreation in Idaho State Parks varies by season. 

Planning Your Summer Vacation

The nine-month reservation window is open, meaning you can book stays for up to nine months in advanced. Don't waste your time worrying whether you're going to get a campsite or not--plan ahead and have one ready when you get there. We have tent and RV sites, cabins, houses, and yurts available year-round (weather dependent) so no matter what kind of camper you are--there is a campsite for you.

Reservations can be made toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm Mountain Standard Time and Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm Mountain Time) or online here.

 

Hiking in Idaho State Parks

Idaho state parks in every region of the state have excellent opportunities for hiking and learning about the natural and historical significance of the environment. Visit these Idaho state parks for exceptional hiking opportunities:
 

Partnerships that support Idaho's recreation and tourism

Created in 1988-1989, IRTI is an enduring coalition of state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations working together to provide Idaho citizens and visitors with statewide recreation opportunities. We work to provide our citizens and visitors with public information, services, and connections to Idaho's best sites and activities. IRTI has supported Idaho's recreation and tourism with these efforts for over 30 years:

  • Statewide campground directory
     
  • Idaho Scenic Byways System
     
  • Guides: Idaho Watchable Wildlife Viewing, Idaho Birding Trails
     
  • Be Outside Idaho, Free Fishing Day, Bird by Bird Idaho, Unplug & Be Outside Days, Bogus Basin Ski, and other youth outdoor activities
     
  • Idaho Department of Commerce & Tourism's "Visit Idaho" travel information
     
  • Trail access and use: motorized, non-motorized, and bikes
     
  • Statewide recreation and tourism conferences, special events, and activities

 

 

Idaho City Backcountry Yurts

>>> Click here to download a trail map that is geo-referenced and both printable and downloadable. The geo-referenced maps work well in a free app called Avenza. With Avenza, you can use your phone's gps tracking without wifi connection.

>>> Click here for instructions on how to download the Avenza app.

Reservations for Backcountry Yurt stays can be made nine-months in advance of your intended stay, toll-free by phone at: 1-888-922-6743 (Agents are available 7 days a week, Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm mountain time Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm mountain time) or online.

>>>Click Here for Avalanche Updates

Current Snow Conditions

For updates on grooming status and trail conditions: Call the Idaho City Area Park N’ Ski recorded snowline at 208- 514-2423.

Regional snow conditions, including depth(link is external).

For road conditions, visit the 511 website.

For avalanche reports, visit Avalanche.org


Want to know more about the Backcountry Yurts? Check out The Ultimate Guide from The Mandagie Family and Visit Idaho
Click
here to read the guide!

Includes everything from how to get there, where to park, and what to pack.

Don't forget to read the IDPR Winter Yurt Manual before you go!

**We always recommend a high-clearance, all-wheel drive vehicle when traveling to the yurts.


About the Yurt System

If you really want to get away from it all Idaho City Backcountry Yurts, located about 1.5 hours (56-63 miles) north of Boise, ID, depending on the season choice, they are accessible by hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic or snowshoeing.  

The video below is recommended viewing for both experienced and first time yurt users. It illustrates the basics of the yurt experience and provides users with tips on how to make your yurt stay more enjoyable.

You can choose from six fabulous backcountry yurts which are accessible year-round.

  • Banner Ridge
  • Elkhorn
  • Skyline
  • Rocky Ridge
  • Stargaze
  • Hennessy 

Each yurt sleeps six people in a comfortably well-furnished atmosphere with high mountain views, no neighbors and access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic and Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. In winter, backcountry yurts are accessed by a 2-3 mile ski or snowshoe trek; in summer, a 10-minute to one-mile hike.  Our backcountry yurts have plenty to offer every outdoor enthusiast at any level, whether beginner or experienced.

Elkhorn Yurt

 

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Elkhorn yurt.

Stargaze Yurt

Click here or on the image above to view a 360 degree tour of the Stargaze yurt.

Current Snow Conditions

For updates on grooming status and trail conditions: Call the Idaho City Area Park N’ Ski recorded snowline at 208- 514-2423.

Regional snow conditions, including depth.

For road conditions, visit the 511 website.

For avalanche reports, visit Avalanche.org

Fees

$115 per night

 

Note: Use fees are per night for a party of up to 6.

Additional per person fees are $12 per person/ per night for a party greater than 6, with a maximum of 9 allowed. 

There is a $10 plus tax non-refundable reservation fee charged at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation for a Backcountry Yurt occurs 21 or fewer calendar days prior to arrival, customer forfeits the first night or daily usage fee (base rate).  If the cancellation occurs more than 21 calendar days prior to arrival, a cancellation charge of $10.00 will be assessed. At no time shall the customer be charged a cancellation fee that exceeds the base rate paid for the facility.

Questions? Email the program or call 208-514-2418.

Backcountry Yurt Reservation Forms, Maps & Manuals

Please contact the Idaho City Ranger District at 208-392-3700 to obtain a map and get updates as to which trails are safe to recreate on before you go out and play.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Backcountry Yurt Program operates on United States Forest Service Land under agreements with the Boise National Forest.

 

The Snake River Water Trail

2 States. 1 River. 206 Miles. 

The 206 mile water trail along the Snake River in Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon was created to serve the communities along its banks, and in its watershed.  It provides opportunities for people to explore, respect and enjoy our region's natural and cultural heritage. A water trail is a water route that provides recreational and educational opportunities for motorized and non-motorized boaters and commercial opportunities for river communities. Parks, historical sites, trails, towns, counties, recreational retailers, museums, tourism-based organizations, educational agencies, community members and recreationists from Glenn's Ferry to Farewell Bend are all integral parts of our Water Trail.

What is a water trail?

 Water trails are boat routes suitable for canoes, rafts and kayaks as well as recreational motorized watercraft.  Like pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle trails, water trails are corridors connecting recreational destinations.  Water trail amenities include river access sites, boat launches, day-use and fishing areas, and campsites.  In addition to recreation, water trails provide venues for educational experiences about the natural and cultural history, economic development, and community of the regions they traverse.

Water trails vary from short shoreline routes to loops around lakes and lagoons.  They may stretch hundreds of river miles across multiple states, or they may follow ocean coastlines and connect with maritime ports and coastal islands.  Regardless of length or configuration, water trails are valuable assets to cities and counties, providing recreational, educational and economic opportunities for locals and visitors alike.  Water trails help people discover new perspectives about their watersheds and communities, building sense of place and raising awareness of watershed stewardship.  Thriving water trails serve as economic engines for the communities they connect, connecting recreational visitors to opportunities for locally-driven tourism.

Click here to read their blog post!
 

Videos

Just because you're stuck at home, doesn't mean you can't explore! Discover the beauty of Idaho's state parks from the comfort and safety of your home.

Click the parks names below to be taken to their videos!

Castle Rocks State Park & City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, Idaho

 

 

 

 

 

Harriman State Park in Island Park, Idaho 

 

 

 

Bruneau Dunes State Park in Bruneau/Mtn Home, Idaho

 

 

 

Dworshak State Park in Orofino, Idaho